The Alberta Society of Dental Specialists (ASDS) is the official group that represents all Dental Specialists in the Province of Alberta.
Dental Specialists are dentists that have completed advanced training in one of the nine recognized specialities in Canada. This involves enrolling and being accepted into a residency program that routinely involves a minimum of 3 years of a structured didactic and clinical education program at an accredited University.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) outlines 9 nationally-recognized dental specialties in Canada.
Dental Public Health
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Medicine and Pathology
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
The ASDS was officially formed in 1989 as a society of dental specialists in Alberta. The society was formally recognized by the Alberta Dental Association + College in December 1990 and was officially recognized by the Province of Alberta through the Consumer and Corporate Affairs Corporate Registry under the Societies Act on June 12, 1990.
The most important initial objectives of the society were to act upon concerns of mutual interest, to provide support among the various dental specialty groups, to encourage, foster and develop among its members, a recognition of the importance of specialties within the practice of dentistry.
These initial objectives have been recently expanded to include providing support for all oral health care providers, acting as an information resource for all oral health care providers, promoting optimal oral and general health care for the public and promoting and improving communication within the profession of dentistry.